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  • 2nd Campus Oerlikon Lecture Series: Digital Worlds

     

    On Wednesday, 28th of September, 2022 Kiran Kappeler gives a talk onChallenges of Our Digitalized Everyday Life – Before and After Covid-19’ as part of the 2nd Campus Oerlikon Lecture Series- The overarching theme of the lecture series is ‘Digital Worlds: Research on Digitalization and Digitalized Research’. The event starts at 6:30 pm at Affolternstrasse 56 at the University of Zurich (Room: AFL-F-121) and is followed by an Apéro. For more information see: https://www.campus-oerlikon.uzh.ch/de/projekte-campus-oerlikon/veranstaltungen/vortragsreihe-HS22.html

     

  • The Media Change and Innovation Division cordially invites the interested public to a guest lecture by Prof. Dr. Tsekeris on "Alternative post-digital futures: A deep technoethical foresight perspective in a turquoise world" on 6 September, 15:00 - 16:30 in AFL-E-022. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone who is interested. It is not necessary to register.

    More information on the lecture and on Prof. Dr. Tsekeris can be found here.
  • The Media Change and Innovation Division, Department of Communication and Media Research (IKMZ), University of Zurich is seeking applications for a fully funded senior research and teaching associate / postdoctoral position in societal implications of the Internet. The successful applicant will devise and conduct original theoretical and empirical research in the area of digital media use, well-being, social impacts of algorithmic selection and AI, governance of media change, privacy, and dataveillance starting in October 2022 (see recent Publications for research focus areas and our new project on the chilling effects of dataveillance).

     

    → Read the full job description and apply

     

    Contact for further information: Dr. Moritz Büchi (m.buechi@ikmz.uzh.ch)

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    What is concealed behind the sober technological facade of the omnipresent digitalization? Its current phase reveals itself to us in a threefold form, as a co-evolutionary interplay of the datafication of areas of life, the algorithmization of selection processes and the platformization of markets. The Digital Trinity is driven by the belief system of Silicon Valley prophets and transhumanism, as well as by an implicit digital everyday religion of users. It is geared towards influencing our behavior, changing our view of the world, and thus shaping a digitally transformed social order.

     

    The corresponding journal article can be found here.

     

    The video is available on YouTube, see below:

     

    New layer...

     

    New layer...

    For the German version see here:

     

    The Digital Trinity was presented as an immersive installation as part of the Planet Digital exhibition at the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich from February to June 2022.

     

    Credits: Michael Latzer, Media Change & Innovation Division, IKMZ, University of Zurich • Hubertus Design Valentin Kaiser, Kerstin Landis, Nathan Meyer, Jonas Voegli • Sound Design Andalus, Kochstudio Zürich.

  • Die Abteilung Medienwandel & Innovation (Prof. Dr. Michael Latzer – http://www.mediachange.ch) des IKMZ – Institut für Kommunikationswissenschaft und Medienforschung der Universität Zürich sucht zur Verstärkung ihres Teams ab September 2022 oder nach Vereinbarung eine:n Hilfsassistierende:n (30%) im Rahmen des SNF-Projekts «The Chilling Effects of Dataveillance: Conceptual Advances and Empirical Evidence for Switzerland».  

     

    Interessieren Sie sich für wissenschaftliches Arbeiten und möchten Einblicke in die internationale Forschungspraxis erhalten? Als Hilfsassistierende:r sind Sie Teil unseres Forschungsteams und unterstützen die Abteilung Medienwandel & Innovation in Forschung, Lehre und Administration. 

     

    Zu Ihren Aufgaben zählen: 

    • Mitarbeit im SNF-geförderten Projekt «The Chilling Effects of Dataveillance: Conceptual Advances and Empirical Evidence for Switzerland» (https://mediachange.ch/research/chilling/) sowie Unterstützung in anderen Forschungsprojekten der Abteilung  
    • Unterstützung bei der Vorbereitung, Durchführung und Auswertung empirischer Studien 
    • Literaturrecherche 
    • Editieren von Manuskripten und wissenschaftlichen Berichten 
    • Administrative Aufgaben in der Abteilung 
    • Unterstützung in der Lehre 

     

    Wir bieten: 

    • Einblick in die universitäre Forschungspraxis 
    • Beschäftigung mit hochaktuellen Themen (Medienwandel, Internetnutzung in der Schweiz, Auswirkungen von Dataveillance, usw.) 
    • Erwerb und Vertiefung analytischer und methodischer Fähigkeiten 
    • Einbindung in ein motiviertes und global vernetztes Team 
    • Angemessene Bezahlung 

     

    Sie bringen mit: 

    • Grundkenntnisse der Kommunikationswissenschaft (idealerweise am Ende Ihres BA- bzw. am Anfang Ihres MA-Studiums) 
    • Hohes Interesse an wissenschaftlichem Arbeiten und den Lehr- und Forschungsschwerpunkten der Abteilung  
    • Sehr gute Deutsch- und Englischkenntnisse in Wort und Schrift 
    • Hohes Engagement und Teamfähigkeit 
    • Exakte, verlässliche und selbständige Arbeitsweise sowie flexible Einsatzbereitschaft 

     

     

    Bitte senden Sie Ihre Bewerbung mit einem kurzen Motivationsschreiben in der Mail, Ihrem CV und Ihrem aktuellen Leistungsausweis bis zum 16.05.2022 an Michael Latzer (m.latzer@ikmz.uzh.ch) und Noemi Festic (n.festic@ikmz.uzh.ch). Bei Nachfragen können Sie sich gerne an Noemi Festic (n.festic@ikmz.uzh.ch) wenden. 

  • Kunst + Wissenschaft + Digitalisierung = Planet Digital


    Heute beginnt die 4-monatige interaktive, immersive Ausstellung über die allgegenwärtige Digitalisierung unserer Welt. An den 25 transdisziplinären Kollaborationen sind über 100 Forscher:innen und Gestalter:innen der Universität Zürich, der ZHdK und der ZHAW beteiligt.

     

    Auch Michael Latzer ist mit dem kollaborativen Projekt DIGITALE DREIFALTIGKEIT vertreten. Diese Arbeit wirft einen Blick hinter die technisch-nüchterne Fassade jener gesellschaftlichen Transformation, die als Digitalisierung bezeichnet wird. Entstanden ist die Installation in Zusammenarbeit mit Jonas Voegeli (Visual Communication, ZHdK) und Hubertus Design.

     

     

    Die Ausstellung kann bis 6. Juni 2022 im Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Ausstellungsstrasse 60, besichtigt werden.

     

    Weitere Informationen zur Ausstellung Planet Digital finden Sie auf planetdigital.ch

     

    Zur Installation von Michael Latzer hier und zum wissenschaftlichen Hintergrundtext über die religionsartige digitale Dreifaltigkeit hier.

     

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    The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the digitalization of everyday life. Especially when it comes to working and shopping, Swiss people want to see most of these changes remain in the long run. These are results of the World Internet Project – Switzerland 2021. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, everyday life in Switzerland has been severely restricted since March 2020 and many activities have increasingly shifted to digital spaces. This forced digitalization push is most pronounced in the area of remote working: Whereas before the pandemic, employed internet users spent just under 20 percent of their employed hours working from home, during the pandemic it was more than 60 percent. Post-pandemic, they wish to work from home about two days of the week.

    "There are clear differences between the digitalization push forced by Covid-19 in the short term and what is desired in the long term," emphasizes Prof. Michael Latzer: "Many Swiss internet users discovered the advantages of working from home and of using cashless payments during the pandemic, but the limits of digital alternatives also became apparent, particularly in personal relationships." For example, the share of social gatherings taking place online increased from 9 to 25 percent because of the pandemic; in the long term, the ideal share is 12 percent.

     

    95 percent of the Swiss population use the internet in 2021. Among those under 70, it is almost 100 percent. 86 percent of the total population also use mobile internet in 2021, which is more than four times as many as ten years ago. Internet usage time doubled between 2011 and 2019 to 3.5 hours and experienced another significant increase during the corona crisis, reaching 4.5 hours a day in 2021.

     


    The full results can be accessed below in five research reports (in German) and seven infographics.
     

    Special Report 2021: Digitalization Push due to Covid-19

     

     

     

    Research Reports 2021 (Themenberichte)



    Infographics

    • How has the Internet in Switzerland evolved during the past decade? (English / German)
    • How has everyday digital life in Switzerland evolved during the past decade? (English / German)
    • How have applications of everyday digital life in Switzerland spread during the past decade (English / German)
    • Digitalization push due to Covid-19: Short-term forced vs. long-term desired (English / German)
    • Digitalization push due to Covid-19: Icrease in concerns remains low (English / German)
    • How do the young and the old differ on the Internet? (English / German)
    • How common are digital assistants and self-tracking apps in Switzerland in 2021? (English / German)
  • The Media Change and Innovation Division, Department of Communication and Media Research (IKMZ), University of Zurich is seeking applications for a fully funded postdoctoral position. The successful applicant will devise and conduct original theoretical and empirical research in the fields of digital media use, well-being, algorithms, governance, privacy, and dataveillance starting in early 2022 (see recent Publications for research focus areas and our new project on the chilling effects of dataveillance).

     

    → Read the full job description and apply

     

    Contact for further information: Dr. Moritz Büchi (m.buechi@ikmz.uzh.ch)

  • The Media Change & Innovation Division is featured in this year’s virtual European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) European Communication Conference. The conference theme is “Communication and Trust” and parallel sessions will take place from 7 to 9 September.

     


     

    Wednesday, September 8th, 09:00 - 10:30, Room 23


    In a Digital Culture and Communication session on vulnerabilities and inclusion, Kiran Kappeler will present research conducted with Noemi Festic and Michael Latzer on who remains offline and why in a highly digitized society based on long-term data from the World Internet Project – Switzerland.

     

     

     

     


     

    Thursday, September 9th, 11:00 - 12:30, Room 4


    Moritz Büchi will chair the Communication and Democracy session on participation and community and present a paper on conceptual and empirical advances in the chilling effects of dataveillance (co-authored by Noemi Festic and Michael Latzer) from the division’s new research project.

     

  • The Media Change & Innovation Division received funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) for a new project entitled The Chilling Effects of Dataveillance: Conceptual Advances and Empirical Evidence for Switzerland.

     

    Over the course of 3.5 years, this project will study the inhibitory effects of people's sense of being surveilled on their digital communication behaviors. The project is interdisciplinary and will combine theory development with qualitative, quantitative, and computational methods. The research team will address inter alia the following questions:

    • Does an increase in dataveillance increase inhibited digital communication, i.e., lead to chilling effects?
    • How do internet users experience chilling effects? What kinds of communication and which groups are most affected?
    • What are viable governance options for dataveillance practices?

     

    Altogether, the project will provide critical building blocks for a broad rethinking of what the datafication and digitalization of everyday life mean for privacy, autonomy, democracy, and human well-being. More information on the project page.